IN THE DAYS OF HIS POWER SERIES.
TOPIC: IT IS A RIGHTEOUS THING FOR GOD TO TROUBLE THOSE THAT TROUBLE YOU!
Rev. Innocent Peace-Udochukwu
President Living Fountain Ministries Int’l LIFOM
“And it came to pass on a certain night that the angel of the LORD went out, and killed in the camp of the Assyrians one hundred and eighty-five thousand; and when people arose early in the morning, there were the corpses—all dead. So Sennacherib king of Assyria departed and went away, returned home, and remained at Nineveh.” 2 Kings 19:35-36
“Seeing it is a righteous thing with God to recompense tribulation to them that trouble you.”
— 2 Thessalonians 1:6
You don’t have to do anything wrong for the enemy to trouble you. If you allow him he will continue and increase his oppression. However, as a child of God you have a higher power, God Almighty, to report him to and secure your freedom and peace.
When the enemy came through Sennacherib king of Assyria to trouble King Hezekiah and his people, King Hezekiah reported him to God and the Lord sent an angel to the enemy’s camp to trouble the Assyrians. And afterwards, Sennacherib King of Assyria departed and ceased to trouble King Hezekiah and his people (2 Kings 18:13-37, 2 Kings 19: 1-37)
King Hezekiah didn’t go crying and wailing his troubles and defeat. He went straight to God and demanded that God fulfill His covenant of protection over His people and God answered. You can always stand on your covenant right and ask God to trouble them that trouble you.
The scriptures say in 2 Thessalonians 1:6 that it is a righteous thing with God to repay with tribulation those that trouble you. So you have His permission to come to Him and say, “Father, trouble them that trouble me”. How God will do it should not be your problem. Let God do it His own way, His way is always the best and in your best interest.
And if you say you have been asking, Jesus says, in the parable of the persistent widow (Luke 18:1-8), that you ought to pray and not to lose heart. God will certainly avenge His own elect speedily who cry out day and night to Him, though He bears long with them. But you must exercise faith.
So, go ahead in faith and cry out, “Father, trouble them that trouble me in Jesus name”
GO TO GOD!
“Come, my people, enter thou into thy chambers, and shut thy doors about thee: hide thyself as it were for a little moment, until the indignation be overpast.”
The Lord has a very particular care for his own people. He is their Shepherd, and he feeds them like a flock. He is their Father, and he guards them as his own dear children. Whenever times of great trouble come, he thinks especially of them. He drowned the antediluvian world, but not until Noah was safely in the ark. He burned Sodom and Gomorrah, but not until Lot had escaped to the little city called Zoar.
Child of God, your Father’s eye is lovingly fixed on you; his heart cares for you every moment.
Believers are the objects of God’s special care.
BEFORE OR IN TIMES OF TROUBLE, IT IS GOOD TO DRAW NEAR TO GOD.
Is that not a sweet call from God, “Come, my people. Come, my people?” Just as the hen gives her particular “cluck” when the hawk is in the air, to warn her chicks to come and hide under her wings, so God gives here a gentle loving note of alarm, and a gracious call of invitation, as he says, “Come, my people.” “No, do not go, my people, scattered here and there by the approach of danger; but, come, my people. Do not be driven from me by affliction, but be driven to me by adversity. Come, my people.” How sweet the words sound to me! If I had the voice of an angel, I should hardly be able to bring out all their sweetness: “Come, my people. Come, my people. The clouds are in the sky; the first flash of lightning has seemed to split the ebony darkness of nature. Come, my people, hurry home, be quick about it, come, my people. No, do not linger; do not halt through fear, do not be paralysed with apprehension. Come, my people; come to me, come to your God, come to your Father, come to your Friend.”
“Tell it all to Jesus, comfort or complaint.”
Remember how Hezekiah acted when he received that abominable letter from Rabshakeh; he took it, and spread it before the Lord. Now, do the same with any trouble of yours, present or impending, come and tell it all to Jesus. You were just going across the road to consult a neighbour, were you? I do not forbid you to do that eventually; but first listen to this electric bell: “Come, my people! Come, my people!” It calls you to your God first; go and tell him all about it. He will patiently hear your story, he will listen without weariness, and he will efficiently help you; therefore spread the case before him.
“And Joshua said, Why hast thou troubled us? the Lord shall trouble thee this day.”
“And it came to pass, that in the morning watch the LORD looked unto the host of the Egyptians through the pillar of fire and of the cloud, and troubled the host of the Egyptians.”
No one will escape from the justice of God. God knows all things. Nothing is hidden from Him. No one intimidates Him. No one has leverage against Him. Power and wealth count for nothing with Him. That means you can have confidence in the absolute justice of God.
God will repay, so leave room for His wrath. You don’t need to take it into your hands when you know it is in His. God will deal with this. You can leave it to Him. It is on this foundation that God says, “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head” (Romans 12:20
The justice of God will often not be obvious in this world. People who do good often suffer and people who do evil often prosper. But God is just, and even though His justice may be hidden now, it will become obvious when Jesus Christ is revealed (1:8).
“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed and though the mountain be carried into the midst of the sea. Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles of the most high. God is in the midst of her, and that right early. The heathen raged, the kingdoms were moved; he uttered his voice, the earth melted. The Lord of hosts is with us, the God of Jacob is our refuge. Come behold the works of the Lord, what desolation he hath made in the earth. He maketh wars to cease unto the end of the earth. He breaketh the bow, and cutteth the spear in sunder, he burneth the chariot in the fire. Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted in the earth. The Lord of hosts is with us, the God of Jacob is our refuge.”
There is one thing that no man can avoid in life irrespective of whether you are a believer or not.
God sometimes allows challenges/trouble to come our way not to destroy us but to build us up, to promote us and give God all the glory after we might have overcome.
Trouble will come but the good news is that God has got it sorted in His plan for us. Amos 3:6(b) says “Does disaster come to a city unless the Lord has planned it (allowed it)”
All sin grieves God’s heart, but He displays a righteous anger over unrepentant, premeditated acts that attempt to steal, kill, or destroy His beloved. The Bible tells us God will demand justice. As Romans 12:19 says, “Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: ‘It is mine to avenge; I will repay,’ says the Lord.”
The enemy thinks he can steal dignity and peace from you, but as you release your anger to God, you keep your self-worth and calm instead.
“Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” To the contrary, “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”
Soldier of Christ, if thou enlisteth, thou wilt have to do hard battle. There is no bed of down for thee; there it no riding to heaven in a chariot; the rough way must be trodden; mountains must be climbed, rivers must be forded, dragons must be fought, giants must be slain, difficulties must be overcome, and great trials must be borne.
Be of good cheer, soldier! The battle must soon end. And that bloodstained banner, when it shall wave so high, and that shout of triumph, when it shall thrill from so many thousand lips, and that grand assembly of heroes—all of them made more than conquerors, and the sight of the King in His beauty, riding in the chariot of His triumph, paved with love for the daughters of Jerusalem, and the acclamations of spirits glorified, and the shouts and joyful music of cheru-bims and seraphims—all these shall make up for all the battles of today—
“And they who, with their Master,
Have conquered in the fight,
Forever and forever
Are clad in robes of light.” Be that, by God’s Grace, ours. Amen.
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